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Researchers Discover New Enzyme, Link to Iron in Vitamin A Synthesis

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A research team's discovery of new information about how plants synthesize carotenoids, precursors for vitamin A that are essential for plant development and survival, and human health, could help scientists increase the levels of provitamin A in food crops and reduce global vitamin A deficiency.

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UF/IFAS Researcher: Americas May be Hit by Catastrophic Banana Disease

A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher warned that a disease that has decimated Cavendish bananas in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia could be headed for the Western Hemisphere.

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Water, Sustainability, Food Science

How Sustainable Water Use Can Boost Food Security Worldwide

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Amid growing public awareness that water is not an unlimited resource, scientists and policy makers alike are working to reduce the water footprint of food production and ensure a safe ocean habitat for future supplies of fish and seafood.

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Agriculture, Food Ethics, Food, Nutrition, Animal Welfare, Public Health, Hunger, Obesity, Bioethics, Farming, GMO, GMO food, Population And Public Health, Population

Seven Projects to Make Progress on Ethics and Global Food Security in Five Years

Johns Hopkins experts lead an international group that has issued an ambitious five-year agenda to tackle some of the most complex ethical issues involved in ensuring the global population has enough sustainably produced safe and nutritious food.

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soil, Food Production, Sustainability, Climate Change, Fertilizer, Farming, Soil Science, United Nations, Science (magazine)

Soil Security and Food Productivity: Researchers Outline Increasing Threats

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A group of leading soil scientists points out the precarious state of the world’s soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security in a paper published Thursday, May 7, in the journal Science.

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Forest, Forestry, Hunger, Food Security, Nutrition, Farming, Food Shortage, Ecology

New Report: Forests Could Be the Trump Card in Efforts to End Global Hunger

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About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of boosting agricultural production are becoming increasingly clear.

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No Baked Beans: Surprising Discovery of Elite Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Save “Meat of the Poor” from Global Warming

Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders with the CGIAR global agriculture research partnership announced today the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of “heat-beater” beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa.

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Mealworms, Insects, Protein, Nutrition, Climate Change

Could Squirmy Livestock Dent Africa’s Protein Deficit?

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Two UW-Madison graduate students are working to introduce highly productive kits for farming mealworms to regions such as sub-Saharan Africa where eating insects is already culturally palatable. They are just practicing what they are beginning to preach: insects, and mealworms in particular, are an overlooked, healthful, economically viable and sustainable source of nutrition for people.

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Leaders From Africa and Asia Join Fellowship to Bring New Perspectives on International Development to Global Dialogue

Editor's Note: For more about the New Voices Fellowship, visit www.aspennewvoices.org or email aspennewvoices@aspeninst.org. Follow all the fellows on Twitter here and the fellowship at @aspennewvoices.

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Ambitious New Project Tackles Hunger on College Campuses

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A new project at Humboldt State University is seeking ways to attack college food insecurity from all angles. That means providing food aid, offering health education and cooking lessons, conducting original research on college hunger, and seeking ways to change state and national policies that make it difficult for students to access help.







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